Mla citation Format a resnick Library Information Guide

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MLA Citation Format

A Resnick Library Information Guide


Citing your sources gives credit where credit is due. Just as you would be angry if someone stole your joke without giving you credit, so too are scholars angered by the use of their work without being acknowledged. The purpose of this guide is to give you an introduction to the standards for citing sources in the MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Before using this guide, make sure MLA is your professor’s preferred format. For more examples, refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, available at Ref LB 2369 .G53 2009, in the writing center, or refer to the “Cite Your Sources” section of our website:

Citations—In text: When you cite a work in your text, it refers the reader to your works cited page so he or she can acquire the full reference information.

General Rule: (Author’s last name and page number) Note: If the author’s name is mentioned in the sentence, you only need to list the page number in parentheses after the quote or paraphrase.

“Taboo language, then, enters into a startling array of human concerns, from capital crimes in the Bible to the future of electronic media” (Pinker 325).

Pinker has argued that the study of swear words provides a glimpse of human nature (325).
Works Cited Page: Having been referred to your list of references by your in-text citation, the reader will look for the full citation by the author’s last name (listed in alphabetical order).


General rule: Author’s last name, First name. Book title. Publication information (including city of publication, publishing company, date, and format).

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